Communities are transformed when the whole community comes together to create something new. This grassroots effort grows from people recognizing their own collective capacity and aligning their vision for what their community can be. Extension, while often a catalyst of this coming together, can play a key role in helping the "usual suspects" reach deeper into the community and invite others to join. We believe that this work begins with bringing together stakeholders around issues of possibility, commitment, and accountability.
Francesca Adler-Baeder, speaking from an extensive research background on families under stress and children's experiences in diverse family types as well as practical experience working with a broad spectrum of families, engages us in ways to better understand and empower families under stress to nurture their children. She provides practical applications, discussing the systems approach used in a statewide initiative in which practitioners and researchers have built real partnerships for effecting positive change. Keynote presentation at the 2009 CYFAR conference.
NPEN is a national umbrella organization that encourages information sharing, professional development and networking opportunities for the over 250,000 professionals, paraprofessionals and volunteers who serve as parent educators. We believe all parents/families should have the information, resources and support needed to provide a nurturing relationship and an optimal environment that will encourage their children’s healthy growth and development.
The National Extension Parent Education Model was published in 1994 through the efforts of Ron Daly, the National Program Leader for Human Development in the Washington DC office of the Cooperative Extension Service. The authors of the report were Dot Cudaback (California), H. Wallace Goddard (Alabama), Judy Myers-Walls (Indiana), and Charles A. Smith (Kansas).
Haim Ginott developed a process for working with parents that helps parenting educators model the behaviors they are encouraging parents to practice with their children. Ginott (Orgel, 1980) suggested that there are four steps in the process of supporting parents: 1. Recitation, 2. Sensitization, 3. Learning of concepts, and 4. Teaching and practice of better skills.
The National Extension Parenting Educators' Framework (NEPEF) builds upon the earlier effort, the National Extension Parenting Education Model (NEPEM) (Smith et al., 1994). The NEPEM model established six categories of priority practices and skills to be learned by parents and taught by parenting educators. NEPEF takes the original NEPEM categories "care for self, understand, guide, nurture, motivate, and advocate" and joins them with six more categories of practices aimed at the parenting educators alone "grow, develop, frame, embrace, build, and educate".
This webinar focuses on three essential keys to nurture and maintain healthy relationships - especially family ones. The Getting Our Hearts Right program reviews several forms of human bias and provides steps to overcome these so that all relationships can be healthier. The webinar will equip parent and family life educators to work more effectively in their own relationships and to share these ideas with others.
The mission of the NCCC is to increase the capacity of health care and mental health care programs to design, implement, and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems to address growing diversity, persistent disparities, and to promote health and mental health equity.